Michigan adds 9 deaths, 517 new cases due to COVID-19

Michigan recorded nine deaths and 517 cases from the novel coronavirus Wednesday.

The state’s overall case tally reached 89,271 and the death count hit 6,273, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

When probable cases are included, the death tally is 6,539 and cases total 98,689.

In the past seven days, the state added 46 deaths due to the virus.

Greektown Casino tour showing the coronavirus measures implemented for the protection of guests and employees at the upcoming reopening in Detroit, Michigan on August 4, 2020. (Image by Daniel Mears / The Detroit News)

Of those infected, the statewide fatality rate has dropped from 9.5% in June to 7.1% in August.

In Detroit, the state’s hardest-hit city, the infection rate is near 1%, said Mayor Mike Duggan. The city has more than 13,000 cases and 1,494 deaths from the novel virus. The city added one death from the virus in a week.

Over the weekend, the 16th annual Raft Off at Muscamoot Bay, Lake St. Clair, was held in spite of Whitmer’s latest executive order prohibiting gatherings of over 250 people. Grosse Pointe parents also gathered on Sunday and rallied with their children for in-person schooling after the district decided on remote learning.

The state’s school superintendent Michael Rice stressed Tuesday that the Legislature must waive enrollment and attendance requirements as Michigan districts navigate a pandemic and varying instructional plans for students this fall.

In long term care facilities, 7,713 residents have confirmed cases of the virus while another 6,150 are recovering. As of Monday, 2,022 residents and 21 staff members have died from the virus. Another 3,831 staff members have also contracted it.

The pandemic had its largest recorded case spike on May 12, when the state recorded 1,600 new cases based on the date of onset. The largest amount of deaths was recorded on April 16 with 165 COVID fatalities, according to state data.

More than 63,600 people in Michigan have recovered from the virus, meaning they are 30 days out from their onset of illness, according to state data.


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